For several months now every single day and night Bulgarians are protesting in front of Parliament and PM office buildings in effort to tackle one of the biggest problems – system corruption. Two months ago Sofia citizens forced Bulgarian government to resign, to open space for new political force to come in and change something, but that didn’t happen. Current technocratic government lead by PM Oresharski continued with same old practices. Continue reading
On Monday, when Canadians will celebrate another Confederation birthday, largest European political, economical and population Union will officially welcome another 28th member. Slovenia as first of the ex-Yugoslavian countries will be joined by Croatia in the exclusive European club as full member with all rights and responsibilities. In days when Croatia is celebrating success, after a decade of negotiations with EU, another Balkans country got a green light to start accession talks, and its first neighbor got a yellow light to get ready for same. Serbia will start their negotiations process sometimes in January of 2014, Kosovo will follow upon fulfilling first round of requirements for the accession negotiations. Continue reading
SURREY – According to recent media reports and opinions expressed in Canadian medias our foreign policy will be faced with another review and probably major facelift. To some this is totally appropriate approach to one of the most important political elements of our system, probably one of the strongest and best import products to any world country. Others are sure Canadian foreign policy is good just needs minor clarifications with reconsidering steps towards some of the important partners on the international scene. Both sides are pretty sure Canada needs to play bigger role on international scene, to boost it’s influence and continue be one of the worlds strongest importers of positive principles of political system and human rights standards. Continue reading
The Independent State of Croatia was a quisling marionette state formed from the territories of present Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1941 to 1945 in support of the Third Reich. Its supporters have been out in force in recent weeks.
Several small far right parties, historically connected with Ustasha regime, get together in the last week of December of 2011 to commemorate the death of Jure Francetic, a Ustasha commander. He responsible for thousands of deaths in concentration camps formed on Croatian territory. Just a days after the pro-Francetic celebration, same political groups with large crowds of supporters gathered at a church in the city of Split, where they celebrated mass for the leader of the NDH (Nezavisna Drzava Hrvatska/ Independent State of Croatia), Dr. Ante Pavelic. Last but not least, a relatively well-known columnist for the Zagreb Vecernji newspaper, Josip Pavicic, called for the Croatian public and literary community to compare Miroslav Krleza, a poet and author Communist, with Pavelic’s minister responsible for racial laws, Mile Budak (also known as minor writer and author of several books). Continue reading
SURREY – Since Yugoslavian leaders decide to take their countries on the path of independence in early 1990’s USA was and remains one of the most important partners in resolution of all disputes. Four US presidents two from family Bush and two Democrat presidents (Clinton and Obama) were forced to use their knowledge or strength in effort to save lives in Balkan wars or to move these countries close to European Union or NATO membership. But now when United States are in big (post)recession tumble and fighting for its own fiscal and political stability is a time for local leaders to take a faith Balkan countries in their hands and lead them into better future. On the other side European Union must to step into action and help those on this quest, but not as enforcer of decision rather as consultant whose opinion would be valued but not the most important element in making decisions. Some of Balkan countries are working hardly on moving forwards, but some are still stuck in a same place where they started independence adventure. Actions like this one are permanently needed in three countries Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, Croatia and Montenegro are way ahead of them and I’m pretty sure that these two will be able to carve path to the EU and other international institutions with respectful success. Continue reading
SURREY – Exactly two decades ago Croatia earned independence and become newest member of world wide club of democratic and for European continent much more important communism free country. That road started with bloody war which claimed thousands of lives, left deep scares on souls of Croatian people, especially those who survived Vukovar one of the most severe sieges in recent European history beside Sarajevo’s four year siege. Croatian road to European Union started in some ways in these war days, but real work started six years ago under social-democrat government lead by late Prime Minister Ivica Racan. Resolution to this hard and bumpy ride to top European club was reached last week when heads of European Union decide to close accession talks acknowledging that Croatia still has a lot of work to do, but major impact was made in last two years under the leadership of Jadranka Kosor, current Prime Minister. Continue reading
African North is under pressure for democratic changes, but that “dangerous” syndrome is not exclusive only for Northern Africa. Southern Balkan is also faced with protests against tyranny and undemocratic regime in Tirana, Capital of Albania. Opposition parties and civic society organisations led by Tirana Mayor and leader of major opposition Socialistic party come out on Tirana streets in protest against “unacceptable regime” ruled by Prime Minister, Sali Berisha. Looking into current situation in Balkan region soon or later Albania wouldn’t be alone in this situation. Bosnia and Herzegovina waits almost four months on new government on Federal level, Croatian unemployment could reach 350.000 in near future and this is election year, both countries are faced with rising corruption on the top levels what is making situation much more difficult. Serbia as one of the biggest, but from time to time member of weakest countries club, is fighting with milk and food shortages, gas prices are rising.